FEATURED ALUMNI

Our alums are doing great things! We created this 'Featured Alumni' page because we think it is very important for current and potential University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College students to hear from those who have graduated!


BRYAN MINEAR '09

Currently finishing up his role as a Senior Designer for Vanguard World US, Bryan Minear, a 2009 graduate from Rio, is also transitioning to a new full time Art Director job. 

Before Vanguard, Minear worked four years at Fathead in Detroit, Michigan as a product designer. He worked on properties such as Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Disney which he says 'was extremely awesome'.

In his spare time, Minear is a professional landscape and commercial photographer who travels as much as he possibly can. He also is a husband, and father to a 2.5 year old boy who keeps him extremely busy when he is not working. Minear says he is doing his absolute best to turn his son into a creative and Star Wars nerd just like dad.

READ MORE ABOUT MINEAR HERE


ANGELO FORTE '90

A 1990 Rio Grande graduate, Forte is in his 20th year of teaching high school English at Hilliard Bradley High School. This Ohio High School Softball Hall of Fame member says softball is his passion. He has received numerous softball coaching awards since he began coaching in the Summer of 1997. He served 15 years as the Head Softball Coach for the school at which he teaches, and was the Assistant Athletic Director for 10 years.

READ MORE ABOUT ANGELO HERE


JESSICA MALONE '09 '13

Jessica Malone has been a professional photographer for the past eight years, and currently is pursuing her career in Gallipolis, OH where she operates a portrait studio.

Malone received her undergrad degree in Communication, with a concentration in Public Relations, from the University of Rio Grande in 2009. She then attended Tiffin University, graduating in 2011 with a Master's in Humanities, concentrating in English and Art. Also in 2011, Malone gave birth to her son. She came back to Rio to pursue her Master's in Education/Integrated Arts, and graduated with that degree in 2013. 

Recently awarded 'Best of Show' at the Huntington Museum of Art's Biennial Tri-State Artists Association, Malone has also had her work selected from the cover of the annual Women of Appalachia Arts chapbook. Her work has also been published in several magazines throughout the US.

Malone also was just recognized by the Ohio Senate for 'outstanding achievement in the arts'. She resides in Gallipolis with her boyfriend, their children, and three fur babies. 

READ MORE ABOUT JESSICA HERE